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20 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (and You Should Make Them All)

2015 April 17
by Emily Hill

It’s National Grilled Cheese month, which means we should probably eat grilled cheese sandwiches all the days. I’d be way okay with that because I love nothing more than two slices of perfectly grilled bread surrounding ooey, gooey, usually not-good-for-me ingredients. Unfortunately we don’t get very gourmet around here. Our favorite grilled cheese sandwich takes a loaf of French bread and medium cheddar cheese. That’s it. But they’re oh, so good.

Sometimes simple is best (Diet Coke over ice, a Twix candy bar, a nap), but when you’re looking for something far from simple when it comes to grilled cheese, you should try one of these gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. I guarantee your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

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20 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches -- when you want something more than bread and cheese. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Brie Fig and Apple Grilled Cheese
Brie, fig & apple grilled cheese from Two Peas & Their Pod

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Cobb grilled cheese from FoodieCrush
Cobb grilled cheese from FoodieCrush

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Fontina and mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich from Averie Cooks
Cheese lover’s fontina & mozzarella grilled cheese from Averie Cooks

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Spinach artichoke grilled cheese from Taste and Tell
Spinach artichoke grilled cheese from Taste and Tell

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White pizza grilled cheese from How Sweet It Is
White pizza grilled cheese from How Sweet It Is

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Grilled figs and cheese from 80 Breakfasts
Grilled figs and cheese from 80 Breakfasts

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BBQ chicken grilled cheese sandwich from I Wash You Dry
BBQ chicken grilled cheese sandwich from I Wash You Dry

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Chicken Marsala panini with goat cheese, prosciutto and Parmesan
Chicken marsala panini from Is This Really My Life
(not technically a grilled cheese but it is grilled and has cheese)

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Croque Monsieur grilled cheese from Foodness Gracious
Croque Monsieur grilled cheese from Foodness Gracious

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Cuban grilled cheese sandwich from BS in the Kitchen
Cuban grilled cheese from BS’ in the Kitchen

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Roast beef smoked gouda grilled cheese from Running to the Kitchen
Roast beef smoked Gouda grilled cheese from Running to the Kitchen

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Jalapeno popper grilled cheese from Buns in My Oven
Jalapeno popper grilled cheese from Buns in My Oven

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Bacon guacamole grilled cheese
Bacon guacamole grilled cheese sandwich from Closet Cooking

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Philly steak grilled cheese from Killing Thyme
Philly steak grilled cheese from Killing Thyme

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Chicken bacon ranch grilled cheese
Chicken bacon ranch grilled cheese from Fork Vs Spoon

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Crispy bacon and Brie grilled cheese with caramelized onions from Simply Delicious
Crispy bacon and Brie grilled cheese with caramelized onions from Simply Delicious

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Grilled cheese sandwich with Gouda, roasted mushrooms and onions
Grilled cheese with Gouda, roasted mushrooms & onions from She Wears Many Hats

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French onion grilled cheese sandwich from Feasting at Home
French onion grilled cheese sandwich from Feasting at Home

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Caprese grilled cheese
Caprese grilled cheese with roasted tomatoes & balsamic glaze from Left Handed Kitchen (in Spanish)

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Steak fajita grilled cheese from Cafe Delites
Steak fajita grilled cheese from Cafe Delites
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If you’re looking for more yummy sandwich recipes, you should browse my sandwiches Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board sandwiches on Pinterest.

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

2015 April 14
by Emily Hill

Apparently those easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze have truly changed my taste buds because I couldn’t wait to bake—and eat—this lemon bundt cake with orange glaze.

And eat it I did.

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze -- super decadent yet light on flavor. The orange glaze takes it from delicious to perfection.

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What takes this lemon bundt cake from delicious to divine is the orange glaze. Poured over the warm bundt, it soaks right into the cake giving it a hint of orange flavor and an extra dash of moistness.

Sorry if you’re not a fan of the word “moist” but this cake truly is just that.

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze -- super decadent yet light on flavor. The orange glaze takes it from delicious to perfection.

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Wait, let’s get a closeup of all that moist.

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze 3

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Though the recipe has you pouring the glaze over the lemon bundt cake after flipping it onto a serving platter, next time I think I’ll try the method used in this glazed lemon poppy seed bundt cake and pour it around the bundt while it’s still in the pan.

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Printable recipe for lemon bundt cake with orange glaze below.
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Lemon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
You may not like the word "moist" but it's the best way to describe this lemon bundt cake. The orange glaze takes it from delicious to divine.
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 small box lemon instant pudding mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs
Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.
  2. Beat cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil and applesauce until smooth.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat on high 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes.
  5. Invert cake onto serving platter.
Glaze
  1. Combine powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over cake.*
Notes
* Next time I'm going to pour the glaze into the cake pan using the method from this Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake (http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/2013/04/glazed-lemon-poppy-seed-bundt-cake/) and see if more of the glaze makes it into the cake rather than the platter. It will be an adventure!

 

If you love lemon, you’ll want to try these other lemon-inspired recipes:

Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze -- these cookies use lemon cake mix and lemon pudding and not much else to make a super delicious dessert!


Easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze


Glazed lemon poppy seed bundt cake


Glazed lemon poppy seed bundt cake

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Homemade lemon bars


Lemon bars

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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes


Lemon poppy seed pancakes

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Healthy lemon cranberry muffins -- you can not even tell these are healthy. The perfect combination of lemon and cranberries.


Lemon cranberry muffins

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If you’re looking for more yummy cakes and cupcakes, you should browse my desserts {cakes & cupcakes} Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board desserts {cakes & cupcakes} on Pinterest.

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Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze

2015 April 9
by Emily Hill

I’m not usually a fan of fruit-flavored desserts unless it’s apple pie (do Swedish Fish count?), but I have started falling in love with lemon-flavored desserts thanks to these lemon bars and today’s easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze.


Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze -- these cookies use lemon cake mix and lemon pudding and not much else to make a super delicious dessert!


The secret is using a lemon cake mix and not much else. Seriously. These cookies require a total of 6 ingredients and that includes the aforementioned cake mix.


Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze -- these cookies use lemon cake mix and lemon pudding and not much else to make a super delicious dessert!


These easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze pack a serious lemon punch; if you’re looking for a more subtle flavor, try cutting back on the lemon juice.


Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze -- these cookies use lemon cake mix and lemon pudding and not much else to make a super delicious dessert!


Printable recipe for easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze below. Enjoy!

Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
These easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze require only 6 ingredients and very little time. Sure to become a family favorite!
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T lemon juice
Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice (or more depending on preference)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake mix, oil, eggs and lemon juice together. Note: Dough will be thick.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Baked for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges barely turn golden brown. Cool 2 to 3 minutes on pan before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Glaze
  1. Whisk together confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm cookies or dip tops of cookies in glaze as shown in photos.

If you love lemon, you’ll want to try these other lemon-inspired recipes:

Glazed lemon poppy seed bundt cake


Glazed lemon poppy seed bundt cake

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Homemade lemon bars


Lemon bars

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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes


Lemon poppy seed pancakes


Healthy lemon cranberry muffins -- you can not even tell these are healthy. The perfect combination of lemon and cranberries.


Lemon cranberry muffins

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If you’re looking for more yummy cookies, you should browse my desserts {cookies} Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board desserts {cookies} on Pinterest.

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Healthy Frittata Bites + GIVEAWAY

2015 April 7
by Emily Hill

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t always eat healthy or “skinny” my recipes, but that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to try a healthier version of a breakfast favorite like frittata.

Mmm…frittata…

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Healthy Frittata Bites -- egg whites, spinach, Italian cheeses and tomatoes make for a delicious breakfast dish!

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I’m an egg yolk kinda gal (it’s my favorite part of the hard-boiled egg), and this recipe for frittata bites use AllWhites Egg Whites in place of every single egg.

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AllWhites Liquid Egg Whites
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You can imagine I was a bit skeptical about both texture and flavor, but I’m here to tell you these frittata bites lack neither.

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Healthy Frittata Bites -- egg whites, spinach, Italian cheeses and tomatoes make for a delicious breakfast dish!

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Each frittata bite is packed with spinach, tomatoes, Italian cheeses and the perfect mix of seasoning. The only thing I’d change is to add maybe a 1/2 tsp of salt and a dash more pepper.

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Healthy Frittata Bites -- egg whites, spinach, Italian cheeses and tomatoes make for a delicious breakfast dish!

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It’s hard to believe this frittata recipe has low Weight Watchers points (0 PointsPlus value per serving) with only 53 calories per serving and 5 grams of protein. That’s all thanks to AllWhites 100% liquid egg whites. They’re fat free, cholesterol free and a low-calorie alternative to regular eggs—ideal for fueling your fitness goals and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They’re also a lean source of protein and can be used in any recipe that calls for eggs.

Curious about how you can incorporate AllWhites Egg Whites into your daily meal routine? Check out AllWhites Egg Whites Favorites, an awesome collection of egg white-friendly recipes. You can also check out how AllWhites 100% Liquid Egg Whites can improve your fitness and help with weight management.

You can connect with AllWhites Egg Whites on Facebook and AllWhites Egg Whites on Pinterest too!

Printable recipe for frittata bites below followed by a giveaway for a month’s worth of AllWhites Egg Whites!
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Healthy Frittata Bites
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
This healthy frittata recipe is Weight Watchers friendly yet still full of flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium leeks, halved and sliced
  • 2½ cups AllWhites® egg whites
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • ½ tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 pkg. (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomato (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup (4-oz) finely shredded Italian cheese blend
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and leeks; cook and stir about 4 minutes or until tender. Cool.
  3. Beat AllWhites egg whites, salt, Italian seasoning, nutmeg and pepper together in large bowl. Stir in spinach, tomatoes, leek mixture, and ¾ cup cheese until well blended.
  4. Spread mixture in prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese.
  5. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until center is set. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Lift frittata from pan, using foil. Cut into 2-inch squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Chopped at Home: Salsa Chicken with Mexican Couscous

2015 April 3
by Emily Hill

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sargento. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of my all-time favorite shows on the Food Network is Chopped. I’m amazed at the dishes those chefs create using the most random ingredients@mdash;cactus flower buds, quail, marrow bones, chicken in a can…

Speaking of chicken and Chopped, I got a taste of Chopped thanks to Sargento and the Chopped at Home contest. I was given Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican shredded cheese, boneless chicken tenders, couscous and salsa and asked to create a Chopped-inspired dish.

Thank heavens they didn’t give me durian.

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Sargento Chopped at Home -- I created a dish with ingredients given me by Sargento cheese. And it was delicious.

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The highlight of this dish is the cheese. (Isn’t that the best part of any dish?) I love a good Mexican blend and Sargento has created a super tasty one with a combination of Monterey Jack, mild cheddar, queso quesadilla and asadero cheeses.

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Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican

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I took Sargento’s Chopped at Home challenge and created a dish worthy of any Taco Tuesday: Salsa Chicken with Mexican Couscous. When the salsa chicken came out of the oven, it was all I could do not to eat that cheesy, salsa-y dish straight from the pan.

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Salsa Chicken recipe - so easy you will want to make it every Taco Tuesday.

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Of course there was still the couscous. I thought, what better side dish than a Mexican-inspired couscous recipe? And it paired perfectly with the salsa chicken. Delicioso!

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Salsa Chicken with Mexican Couscous

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Never one to pass up an opportunity for more cheese, I added a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled additional Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican on top of the already cheesed-up salsa chicken. Mmm…

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Salsa Chicken with Mexican Couscous

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It was basically the perfect Chopped-inspired dish, especially if you love Mexican-inspired recipes.

If this recipe has peaked your interest about the Sargento Chopped at Home contest, you can find all the details and enter your recipe here: http://goo.gl/pzi0uZ. Remember, Sargento cheese is the star of the show so make sure you feature it in your recipe like in the photo below.

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Sargento Chopped at Home contest

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Printable recipe for salsa chicken with Mexican couscous below. Enjoy!

A few tasty tidbits about Sargento
Available in 30 versatile varieties, unique blends and distinct cuts, Sargento Shredded Cheese is always cut from blocks of 100% real, natural cheese. For more inspiration, check out the Sargento Pinterest page Pinterest.com/sargentocheese/ or visit Sargento.com for more information. The Chopped at Home Challenge gives viewers a chance to create their best recipe using the selected basket ingredients, including Sargento Shredded Cheese, for a chance to win $10,000!
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Salsa Chicken with Mexican Couscous
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
This salsa chicken is super easy to make and a total crowd pleaser. Serve with a side of Mexican couscous for the perfect Taco Tuesday (or any day) meal!
Ingredients
Salsa Chicken
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken tenders
  • 4 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 (16-oz) jar salsa
  • 1 (8-oz) package Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican, divided
  • Sour cream (optional)
Mexican couscous
  • 1 tsp + 1 T olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 T chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Instructions
Salsa Chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place chicken tenders in a large resealable bag with taco seasoning and shake to coat evenly.
  3. Spread 1 cup salsa in bottom of 9x13-inch pan. Place chicken in pan and cover with remaining salsa.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear.
  5. Sprinkle 1½ cups of cheese over chicken and bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with sour cream and serve.
Mexican couscous
  1. Add 1 tsp of oil to a small saute pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add frozen corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until corn looks as if it's been grilled. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 T oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in cooked corn, salt, cumin, coriander and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Fluff with a fork and top with cilantro before serving.

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If you’re looking for more Taco Tuesday-worthy recipes, you should browse my Mexican recipes Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board mexican recipes on Pinterest.

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Scrumptious Salted Caramel Desserts

2015 April 1
by Emily Hill

I’m hoping salted caramel, like doughnuts, cupcakes and Diet Coke, never ceases to exist. I think salt + sweet is the most heavenly combination. It’s right up there with skinny jeans and a great pair of stilettos. And I know this to be true because my salted caramel butter bars recipe is one of my most talked-about—and requested—desserts. I’ve rounded up 25 of the most scrumptious salted caramel desserts including those crack-like caramel bars.

I’m an enabler, what can I say?

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25 Scrumptious Salted Caramel Desserts

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ultimate salted caramel cupcakes
Ultimate salted caramel cupcakes from The Baker Chick

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Salted caramel bittersweet chocolate tart
Salted caramel bittersweet chocolate tart from Life Made Simple

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Sea salt caramel coconut ice cream
Sea salt caramel coconut ice cream from Minimalist Baker

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Salted Caramel Glazed Doughnut Holes   Brown Sugar
Salted caramel glazed doughnut holes from Brown Sugar

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars -- these are as addictive as crack, believe me. One of the most requested recipes. Great for all the get-togethers.
Salted caramel butter bars from Is This Really My Life

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Dark chocolate salted caramel Oreo pie
Dark chocolate salted caramel Oreo pie from Kevin & Amanda

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Donuts with burnt caramel and sea salt
Doughnuts with burnt caramel and sea salt from White on Rice Couple

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Salted caramel dark chocolate blondies
Salted caramel and dark chocolate blondies from Erren’s Kitchen

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Salted Caramel Sour Cream Cake    Oh Bite It
Salted caramel sour cream cake from Oh, Bite It!

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Salted caramel pretzel snaps
Salted caramel pretzel snaps from Oh, Sweet Basil

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Salted caramel cheesecake cake
Salted caramel cheesecake cake from Shugary Sweets

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Salted caramel fudge
Salted caramel fudge from Something Swanky

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Triple salted caramel cupcakes
Triple salted caramel cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Salted caramel toffee Rolo cookies
Salted caramel toffee Rolo cookies from Is This Really My Life

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Salted caramel French macarons
Salted caramel French macarons from One Sweet Appetite

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Salted caramel brownies
Salted caramel brownies from Pip & Ebby

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homemade salted caramel sauce
The best and easiest homemade salted caramel sauce from Averie Cooks

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Salted caramel brownies
Salted caramel brownies from Broma Bakery

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Salted caramel Oreo icebox cake
Salted caramel Oreo icebox cake from Inside BruCrew Life

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Salted caramel popcorn
Salted caramel popcorn from Cookies & Cups

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Homemade salted caramel ice cream
Homemade salted caramel ice cream from The Kitchen McCabe

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Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies
Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies from Creme de la Crumb

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Salted caramel layer cake
Salted caramel layer cake from Java Cupcake

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Salted caramel mocha Nutella brownies
Salted caramel mocha and Nutella brownies from Half Baked Harvest

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Salted caramel pecan ice cream with caramel swirl
Salted caramel pecan ice cream from Is This Really My Life

If you’re looking for more yummy desserts, you should browse any one of my many dessert boards on Pinterest. I like to pin lots of drool-worthy recipes over there.

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Visit Emily Hill’s profile on Pinterest.

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Fan-Friendly Party Recipe: Rancho Dip & Cheez-It Crackers

2015 March 30
by Emily Hill

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MVCheezIt #CollectiveBias

It’s college basketball season, which means more excuses to get together with friends and family to eat lots and lots of yummy food like this rancho dip. Its creamy blue cheesiness pairs perfectly with the crunchy cheesiness of Cheez-It crackers.

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Rancho Dip -- a great party dip. Super creamy with a bit of blue cheese and some garlic. Pairs perfectly with your favorite crunchy crackers or chips.

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Wait, you’re supposed to actually watch the game?

Before we get into your new favorite party dip recipe, let’s talk about those Cheez-It Grooves, a new variety of cracker from Cheez-It. Of course, good luck buying just those when you hit the cracker aisle at Target.

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Cheez-It crackers at Target
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I may have come home with four boxes of Cheez-It crackers that day.

When you’re serving a dip, you want a chip or cracker that can do it justice. The Cheez-It Grooves and the Cheez-It Big crackers are both oversized—perfect for this rancho dip. I didn’t want any fighting with the blue cheese and garlic in the dip, so I went with the classic cheese flavor for both.

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Cheez-It Grooves and Cheez-It Big crackers
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Let’s take a moment to appreciate those beautiful grooves…

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Cheez-It Grooves
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And now back to the rancho dip. No matter your team affiliation or the performance of your brackets, you’ll be a fan of this dip. It’s a real winner and a total crowd pleaser.

Well, as long as you like blue cheese.

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Rancho Dip -- a great party dip. Super creamy with a bit of blue cheese and some garlic. Pairs perfectly with your favorite crunchy crackers or chips.

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The only important thing to remember about this recipe is it requires a good few hours of chilling, so I’d make it the night before. I’m a big fan of less prep work the day of a party, no matter the sport or season.

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Rancho Dip -- a great party dip. Super creamy with a bit of blue cheese and some garlic. Pairs perfectly with your favorite crunchy crackers or chips.

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Are you a college basketball fan? Cheez-It is celebrating with basketball fans like you by hosting their Most Valuable Cheese Contest. From now until April, you can vote on your favorite flavors and varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000. How awesome is that?

Speaking of awesomeness and Cheez-It flavors, what is your favorite? And are you a fan of the burnt Cheez-Its like my mom?

**Special offer!**

Cheez-Its are on sale for 3/$8 at Target. (You can see why I purchased four boxes.) You can use Target’s Cartwheel app to save an additional 35% off of the sale price when you buy 3 varieties of Cheez-Its.

Printable recipe for rancho dip below. Enjoy!
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Rancho Dip
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
A cool, creamy, blue cheesy dip perfect for game night or any night!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 T mayonnaise
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 green onions, chopped
  • ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ to 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill for several hours or overnight.
  2. Serve with your favorite crackers, chips or vegetables.

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If you’re looking for more yummy appetizer recipes, you should browse my appetizers & finger foods Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board appetizers & finger foods on Pinterest.

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